Jonathan Warren & Angelica Macklin
Join Jonathan Warren and Angelica Macklin for a discussion about their new film De Baixo Para Cima, which explores revolutionary change in the Jequitinhonha Valley, in Brazil. The story is told from the perspective of artists, religious leaders, and educators in the town of Araçuai. These cultural activists allied with indigenous communities, labor, and women’s organizations to form an emancipatory movement that has significantly transformed life in the Valley. Legend has it that Araçuai was founded by prostitutes who stood up to a corrupt priest some 150 years ago. They decided to challenge his authority and move up river rather than tolerate his abuse. Many like to believe that this rebellious tradition is why Araçuai became an epicenter of resistance from the bottom up.
Jonathan Warren is Director of the Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program and Associate Professor in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.
Angelica Macklin is a doctoral student in Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies and a multimedia producer for the National Center of Quality Teaching & Learning at the UW.
Presented as part of the New Books/New Media series, a spin-off of the New Books in Print series at the Simpson Center for the Humanities, which provides opportunities for University of Washington scholars to discuss their recently published books. New Books/New Media expands these dialogues in to a multimedia context.